The week of March 3-7 is when the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts its annual awareness campaign. With more than 2.3 million people around the world living with MS, including many in Washington state, it is a good time for people to take the time to learn something about the condition, and how debilitating it can be in some cases.
MS affects the central nervous system. It interrupts communication between the brain and body. According to Web MD, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Numbness, muscle spasms, balance problems and limb weakness can make walking difficult. Many people with MS deal with challenges in speech, vision, memory and fatigue.